About NAF


National Adventure Foundation (NAF), was registered in 1979 under the Registration of Societies Act 1860, vide Registration No.S/10595 of 1979 dated 06 Nov 1979 for promoting adventure amongst the youth of the country and building their personality & character by infusing in them the sense of discipline and national pride. NAF forms a valuable idea-bank on matters relating to the promotion of adventure sports in the country.

The NAF discharges this obligation by obtaining fund support from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and other Govt/Semi Govt Organizations. NAF has been recognized as an “All India Organisation(AIO) for National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development(NPYAD)” by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India.

Organisationally, the NAF has its National HQ located at New Delhi and its Chapters all over the country, overseeing the promotion of the objectives of the NAF, within the region/territorial jurisdiction allotted to each. The NAF also extends affiliation to those Organisations in the country which share NAF’s ‘Social’ Orientation, and are, thus, willing to lend support to the NAF in areas/disciplines in which the NAF needs such support to promote its objectives.


The NAF, was founded by Late Brig Gyan Singh, former principal of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI) Darjeeling and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, and leader of India’s first Expedition to Mt Everest in 1960. It was registered, under the Registration of Societies Act 1860, in 1979, for promoting adventure sports among the youth of the country and build their personality and character by infusing in them a sense of discipline and national pride.

The NAF was raised in 1979 at Meerut by Late Brig Gyan Singh Pama Shri, a world-renowned mountaineer, who had led the first Indian Expedition to Mt Everest in 1960 and also had served as the Principal of the premier Mountaineering Institutes in the country viz. HMI Darjeeling and NIM Uttarkashi. He was awarded the National Adventure Award for Life Time Achievements in 1996. The NAF organised adventure camps initially based on Mountaineering and Rock Climbing for youth. It subsequently extended its sphere of activities to other terrestrial, aero and aqua adventure activities also.

The NAF was registered in 1979 under the Registration of Societies Act 1860 vide Registration No. S/10595 of 1979 dated 06 Nov 1979 and has had an innings of almost three decades in promoting Adventure activities among the youth of the country. In 1991-92, on instructions from Deptt of Youth Affairs & Sports the NAF was moved from Meerut to Delhi and accommodated in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium along with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, to execute adventure and national integration programmes. In 1994, the NAF was moved to IG Stadium along with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan on the instructions of the Deptt of Youth Affairs & Sports. The NAF was moved back to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Gate No.20, 3rd Floor, in Dec 2001. And then in July 2007 due to the renovation of JN Stadium, NAF moved to its present location at DGL 102 (First Floor) DLF Galleria Mayur Vihar Phase I, Extension Delhi 110091. During 1992-93, the expertise of the NAF was utilised by the UGC to promote adventure programmes all over the country based on their Adventure Scheme for College/University students for the 8th and 9th Five Year Plans. Subsequently, the NAF has also been conducting programmes for Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and other agencies.


To expose the youth to nature, hardships and hazards, thereby build their personality, character, confidence and courage through adventure programs.

  • Promote, encourage, support and execute schemes for making younger generation interested in adventure activities entailing facing of challenges and obstacles, both artificial and natural, on rivers, seas and mountains and in forests, deserts, sky and in the wilderness.
  • To act as the apex National body and coordinating agency in promotion and conduct of Adventure Sports/Activities through setting up, in different parts of the country, either new Chapters of NAF or designating/ co-opting existing organisations functioning with similar objects as NAF, as ‘Chapters of the NAF’.
  • Channelise the energies of young women and men, both students and non-students, working and unemployed, with special emphasis on under privileged sections of the society.
  • Sponsor/ support national and foreign Adventure Expeditions/events/ activities, other than Mountaineer& Sports, Home, Defence, Tourism, Environment, Surface Transport & Highways, Civil Aviation, State Governments / Union Territories and other Govt / Non Govt agencies/organisations, as may be appropriate and necessary.
  • Promote, extend scientific and other specialised knowledge by:
    (a) Collection and dissemination of such knowledge,
    (b) Holding lectures, seminars, film and slide shows and exhibitions on adventure activities.
    (c) Establishing and maintaining a library, reading room, auditorium and a museum.
    (d) To plan, support and assist in the execution of schemes and programmes aimed at promoting interaction between young people of Border/ Tribal/Remote Regions and hinterland regions, with a view to promoting:- (1). A spirit of travel and adventure among young people of all regions. (2). National Integration. (3). Better understanding, awareness and appreciation of the customs, traditions, flora & fauna obtaining in our Border/ Tribal / Remote Regions.